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furloughs. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has one worker's stories. she's joining us. barbara? >> wolf, we've heard about this fancy washington word sequester for months now. what does it really mean? it means for hundreds and thousands of federal workers trying to figure out how to live on less. maintaining fighter jets and warships at the ready, providing care at military hospitals, crucial military functions done by some 800,000 civilian workers. now the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week without pay if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it's definitely become the new "f "word here. furlough. >> for federal workers it will mean painful decisions. peter is already making plans. >> i'll pay those core bills. i'll pay the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what's left. >> the head of the government workers union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay freeze. now a 20% pay cut. >> the impact of a one day a week furlough for
at the pentagon, chuck hagel, and then john brennan, his pick for the cia. obviously the benghazi matter is an obstacle for chuck hagel's confirmation and vote there in congress and then this john brennan matter is very important to the issue of these targeted drone strikes, rand paul, the senator from kentucky has said that he is willing to hold up that vote on john brennan. if he doesn't receive assurances from the white house that the united states will not target any drone strikes on americans on american soil. so some of this information i think the administration is hoping will at least for now satisfy some of those members with these concerns, wolf. >> it's going to be a tough battle, i take it. both of these confirmations likely to go through next week. but it's by no means a done deal, is it? >> reporter: it's not a -- especially when you have senators saying they may hold up nominees and so we're going to have to wait and see whether or not senator paul is satisfied with the information that he's getting from the white house. but this is perhaps, you know, a break in an impasse
is making the issue complicated. >> they are talking about a way to save money in the pentagon and they will furlough the civilian workers one day. also the president put together a way to delay the whole thing for a couple of months but that doesn't make sense. and so far boehner has been effective in saying mr. president you came up with the idea, you solve the problem. and yesterday instead of the president picking up the phone and working with local leaders, he called local stations and did local interviews. if you get the sense we are moving from one crisis to another, you are not crazy, you are right. it's just hard to make sense of how many different things could kill us. here's rush limbaugh yesterday. >> have you of if you listen to obama and his minions in the news media, they are all running neck and neck. maybe ought to explore some sort of sequester control because it's out of control. he wanted the spending cuts a year ago, now he doesn't want to go anywhere near the spending cuts but it's his plan. sequester was his idea. now he's complaining that these cuts will
leadership and a few workers considered essential to maintain the pentagon security. he said, quote, the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department and their scale will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force. house speaker john boehner for his part responding, president obama's ultimately responsible for our military readiness, so it's fair to ask what is he doing to stop his sequester that would hollow out our armed forces, end quote. john kerry also calling on congress to prevent what he calls senseless spending cuts and not just at the pentagon. today secretary kerry gave his first big speech since taking office and james rosen is live at the state department tonight to fill us in on this. what did he say today? >> good evening. this speech was given in advance of secretary kerry's first overseas travel which will be upcoming in a few days. speaking at the university of virginia, secretary kerry emphasized the degree to which america's foreign policy is governed by her economic well-being and said the current budget battle should not cause americans t
the military and i wonder if those people standing behind them are from the pentagon. i don't want anybody to lose their job. but it is interesting that the comments did focus on the members of military. >> brian: $85 billion and $1.2 trillion in the next ten years and half of that money comes out the have the pentagon. i think republicans agreed with it but this is thrust postpone us. it was over a year we knew about at the questions terrify. why weren't we negotiating through december and then you have january and here we are couple weeks away and the president is going with this shame attack followed by speaker boehner, your solution to get us to raise taxes after we agreed to raise taxes. now, they say the rich have to pay their fair share again. maybe we should focus on facebook who paid no money in taxes last year or g.e. who did exactly the same thing. >> gretchen: it works last time. shaming the republicans worked. they decided to raise taxes and in the public image and public opinion it worked last time to blame reopens. why wouldn't you try it again? a lot of people say like a ca
out of federal programs and the pentagon. 800,000 civilian employees have been told by the defense department that they will likely be placed on unpaid leave. with the house and senate still in recess, a number of democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry, meanwhi meanwhile, is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. take a listen. >> it is often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world. but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility is a diplomat, working to help other countries create order is strongest when america, at last, puts its own fiscal house in order. and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless consults. let's not lose this opportunity because of politics. >> you know, mike barnicle, politics is such a cruel, cruel game. seriously. there's one guy that gets to the to
, those cuts would take 13% out of the pentagon's budget. 9% away from nondefense programs, and 11% out of unemployment insurance checks, senior administration officials are telling us that when those cuts begin causing pain across america, they believe republicans will cave under pressure from their constituents and agree to the increased revenue the president wants. just yesterday the president made his argument at a nuclear attack submarine plant in newport news, virginia. >> there are too many republicans in congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch when it comes to closing tax loopholes and special interest tax breaks. that's what's holding things up right now. >> but republicans disagree and speaker of the house, john boehner, used some very colorful language to describe how unhelpful he thinks president obama's trip away from washington was so close to the deadline for sequestration. >> for 16 months the president has been traveling all over the country holding rallies instead of sitting down with senate leaders in order to try to forge an agreement over there in o
, when it comes to cuts, maybe it's not as bad as the pentagon and others are warning. because he says republicans should argue that overall defense spending is still on the rise. now, cornyn admits that this is even a change for him. help said he would listen to leon panetta and others say these across the board spending cuts would be devastating. but he says he looked into it and he decided the best message for himself and other republicans, and of course this is the number two senate republican, is to say, you know what, maybe it's not going to be that bad. but as you well know, wolf, arguing that any cuts in military spending is an anthem ma to most republicans so i would imagine he's going to get some backlash on that messaging when he talks to republicans about it tomorrow. >> when it comes to gop legislation to prevent the negative impact from the sequester, what are you hearing, what's going on? >> reporter: what's going on right now is there is sort of the leading idea among senate republicans for a proposal that they will probably vote on this week. is to give the president f
the pentagon which is why the sequester idea was terrible. it's a choice between higher tacks and lower military spending. i don't know who agreed to that. the president likes that choice. >> even if congress would get together and give him the authority to change the areas we cut, even though we stay at the same dollar line, you would be of the opinion he would want to cut the military? >> absolutely. i think we will have the sequestration. i think the objective should be as soon as we can get military spending back up where it should be and cut domestic spending more deeply. >> former ambassador to the united nations, john bolton. great to see you. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> remember the mayor and fired himself when the town was broke? he says it's not his fault he's illiterate. and did george washington really chop down a cherry tree? we have three minutes to study up because we are taking a history test. brian is getting behind the podium. that makes me nervous. are you cheating? >> what is this about george washington and me staying behind the podium? >> bite out of an
out of the defense department on sequester and taken them to other places in the pentagon where fat could be cut. stand up and be counted. put solutions on the table and we can cut spending and preserve defense capability. >>gretchen: there were governors on the talk shows yesterday, bipartisan support for what you're saying from governor o'malley and virginia's governor mcdonnell. let me ask you what you think the world reaction is to watching the united states, the biggest superpower in the world, talking so drastically about cuts to the pentagon and the military? >> the world sees yet another signal that america already has and will have to pull back from its obligations. enemies see weakness. allies see the potential for jumping back and forth on obligations to allies. i think they see equivocation, weakness and they wonder where america is going to be in its role in the world. that foments more violence which makes defense more necessary. >>gretchen: let's see what happens. deadline coming up this friday. coming up, he fought the president on unions and won. now governor walker
% of the pentagon's budget over the next seven months. are you feeling it yet? here's what's not being targeted, social security and medicare, medicaid and food stamps and military personnel and the veterans administration, clearly frustration is building against congress and the white house. >> i think it's time for the president to show leadership. the reality is he's been engaged in almost non-stop campaigning trying to scare the american people, trying to scare now states and others. >> -- has there ever been more of a time when government was more intrusive than it is today and to the point it is really psychotic. something's wrong. my kids could go find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget. this is not rocket science. what this is, is an inability to want to get to work. no one should be going home. no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations. what they need to do is do what these governors do every day. we stay well we get it done. >> president obama will hear some of that anger firsthand when he visited the hampton roads region of virginia. defense spending makes
the president for lost funding in federal programs and the pentagon over ten years, should the sequestration take place. house speaker john boehner said, quote, today the president advanced an argument republicans have been making for a year. his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell insisted "more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense, bipartisan action." and joining us now for more on this from washington, the former chief economist of the international monetary fund and bloomberg view columnist, simon johnson. he's the co-author of "white house burning: our national debt and why it matters to you," now out in paperback. simon, good to see you this morning. >> nice to be with you. >> simon, if you could help us through this over the next week or so, it doesn't look like there's a path to avoiding the sequestration if you listen to the two sides. so how damaging would this be? because we've heard a couple different versions of it that would have immediate impacts, more than 75
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